For the past few years, Disney has taken some of its classic cartoons and turned them into live-action films. Some stayed true to the original storyline (“Cinderella”), while others managed to put a new twist on beloved characters (“Maleficent”). We’ve also seen 2 remakes this year – “The Jungle Book” and the more recently released “Pete’s Dragon“.
Although the live version remake of “Beauty and the Beast” won’t hit cinemas until next year, the highly-anticipated film has been dropping a couple of teasers including some behind-the-scenes photos. Curious to see these images? Be our guest 😉
For the first time ever, we get a very good look at the showy French candelabra Lumiere (who is known for being flirtatious) together with his ally Cogsworth, the worrisome clock. Although the concept art pictured above looks pretty slick, producer Jack Morrissey clarifies that “these designs are close but may not be final”.
These beloved supporting characters will be brought to life via CGI and voiced by Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen respectively. This concept art as well as other newly-released images will be included in the special sneak peek for next month’s 25th Anniversary Edition of Disney’s 1991 animated “Beauty and the Beast”.
There is also a behind-the-scenes look at Dan Stevens as the human beast before his transformation. Looking very much like a fairytale prince, the “Downton Abbey” actor can be seen with flowing golden locks that curls around his shoulders while wearing an old-fashion white tunic with puffed long sleeves.
The 3rd image features the antagonist Gaston (played by Luke Evans) performing a musical number with his bumbling sidekick (Josh Gad). Although it hard to make out Gaston since the actor has his back to the camera, this picture along with the other sneak peeks does indicate that the upcoming “Beauty and the Beast” will be more of a straight retelling instead of a new reinvention.
Directed by Bill Condon, the rest of the casts includes Emma Watson as Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric but lovable father; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, a neurotic maestro who was turned into a harpischord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the castle maid/feather duster; and Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the lady-in-waiting/wardrobe.
“Beauty and the Beast” will hit cinemas on 17th March 2017.